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Author:
Olsson, Angelika (University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities)
Title:
Arundhati Roy: Reclaiming Voices on the Margin in The God of Small Things
Department:
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities
Publication type:
Student thesis
Language:
English
Level:
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
Undergraduate subject:
English
Uppsok:
Humanities, Theology
Pages:
36
Year of publ.:
2011
URI:
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-8366
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-8366
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Specific Languages
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English language
Keywords(en) :
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things, subaltern, postcolonial feminism, Third World women, Spivak, Can the Subaltern Speak, marginalization, Bhubaneswari, Kerala
Abstract(en) :

The aim of this essay is to critically consider Arundhati Roy’s novel The God of Small Things from a postcolonial feminist perspective, with a special focus on how she models different representations of women, taking as a background the discussions within postcolonial feminism about subalternity and the representations of women from the so-called Third World in theory and literature, as well as the concept of agency from Cultural Studies. This purpose is reached by studying and comparing three main female characters in the novel: Mammachi, Baby Kochamma and Ammu, centering on their different ways of relating to the male hero of the novel, Velutha, an Untouchable in the lingering caste system of India. The essay argues that Roy has contributed with diverse representations of subaltern women in the ‘Third World’ who—despite their oppressed and marginalized status—display agency and are portrayed as responsible for their own actions.

Supervisor:
Shima, Alan (University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities)
Examiner:
Modiano, Marko (University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities)
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2011-02-04
Created:
2011-02-01
Last updated:
2011-02-04
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